Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on new citizens to “join us as Australian patriots” in a speech laying out the government’s national security priorities on Tuesday.
The speech marked the start of the last sitting fortnight before the winter break and comes as the government introduces new legislation to toughen the requirements for prospective citizens.
The new laws mean permanent residents will have to wait an extra three years before applying for citizenship, will have to pledge allegiance to Australia, pass a stand-alone English test and show evidence they have integrated.
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Labor’s caucus met on Tuesday morning but has not formed a position because it is yet to see the legislation.
The New Daily reported on Monday that the Human Rights Commission deemed the English test would so hard that “many” Australia-born citizens would fail.
Mr Turnbull also used the national security address to make the case for “stronger co-operation” from social media and messaging platforms in the fight against terror.
“terrorist,” he said.
Mr Turnbull said Attorney-General George Brandis would meet Australia’s Five Eyes security partners to ensure terrorists could not “oungoverned digital spaces online”.
Senator Brandis has flagged a possible change to encryption laws to compel telecommunication and technology companies to assist security agencies with the decryption of messages.
In his national security address, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said terrorists were increasingly using hidden websites to “
He said not enough was known about the digital currency bitcoin and the use of the dark web.
Mr Shorten also called on large internet companies to realise they existed in a “two-way street”.
Both leaders also referred to the recent terrorist attacks in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton and in London.
Mr Turnbull reiterated his concern about the fact Brighton siege gunman Yacqub Khayre had been released on parole.
Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula claimed on Tuesday that a number of Turnbull government ministers had “come dangerously close to contempt of court” in their recent criticism of the state’s courts.